Joe Mauer on DL: How Long Until Superman Returns for the Twins, Fantasy Owners?
Joe Mauer is on the DL. You know that by now.
But when will he be back?
Things were sounding pretty grim when the team said he had "bilateral leg weakness" and a look at his stats showed a .554 OPS, but recent reports of a viral infection that's caused him to lose 12 pounds may mean Mauer will be back to his Superman-caliber self sooner than later.
Per FoxSports.com, Mauer may not be out for long:
"We feel pretty good about that now," (manager Ron) Gardenhire said. "We were a little concerned yesterday. Joe was, too, because he does nothing but want to play. He wants to get out there and play, and that's hard to do when you're aching all over the place and sore everywhere. This is a step in the right direction. Now we know where we're at, and we can handle it a little bit better and get him back on the baseball field."
Some Joe Mauer owners have been panicking, but someone like Ryan Hanigan or Josh Thole can get you by in the meantime if your league is too deep to provide more obvious options.
Thole has elite contact skills and is very capable of finishing the season with a batting average over .300, if that is a category in your roto league, but he won't provide much in the way of power, runs, RBI or steals. Hanigan doesn't play every day, but he's already hit two home runs and has proven to be a solid backup catcher option in deeper leagues.
Ryan Doumit may also be worth a look if you'd like someone who can slot in elsewhere when Mauer returns, as Doumit has OF eligibility.
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